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ORGANIZATION: Wildlife Rescue Association of BC

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Volunteer Position Profile

AECFV Transport Volunteer

Reports to: Support Centre Staff


Purpose of Position

The vision of Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia is to continually improve the welfare of urban wildlife. Our mission is to provide leadership in rehabilitating wildlife and in promoting the welfare of wild animals in the urban environment.

We run a wildlife hospital located on a single site at the edge of Burnaby Lake. We treat over 6,000 wild birds and bats each year and provide public education through 30,000 calls to our Wildlife Helpline. Our Business Operations department plans, coordinates and oversees all our programs including development, communications, resources and volunteering.

Each year, 250 volunteers participate in a range of positions both on and off site. We are currently seeking volunteers to help transport wildlife patients and supplies to and from Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley (AECFV) to our wildlife hospital.

AECFV Transport Drivers are accountable to the Support Centre’s staff and volunteers for responding to transport requests on Saturdays and representing Wildlife Rescue to partners and the public in a positive and professional way.

All volunteers must be 16 years or older and provide a Criminal Record Check, proof of up-to-date tetanus vaccination and full Covid-19 vaccination.

Qualifications

We are looking for:

  • Comfortable having basic conversations with members of the public
  • Available on Saturdays
  • Vehicle access:
    • Valid Driver’s License
    • Regular access to own vehicle
    • Insurance coverage (check with your insurance broker to be sure your insurance covers volunteer driving)
    • Winter tires may be required for some transports

Deliverables

The AECFV Transport Volunteer is expected to ensure the highest standards of practice are achieved and maintained in accordance with the mission, vision and values of WRA, and to ensure adherence to all policies and legal requirements. All data and information will remain the property of Wildlife Rescue and be treated confidentially.

While transporting patients, AECFV Transport Drivers are expected to place patient welfare and safety first. This means driving in a defensive manner, keeping noise in the vehicle to a minimum, and following any patient-specific instructions from Support Centre staff or volunteers.

  • Offsite job responsibilities include transporting wildlife or supplies/necessities to or from our site and collecting information from Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley regarding animals being transported
  • Onsite job responsibilities include assisting Admissions staff or volunteers in completing wildlife admission forms
  • Assisting in minimizing animal stress and suffering by minimizing noise and other stressors during transport
  • Recording and logging all trips on MyImpactPage
  • Transport Drivers may also be requested to pick up pre-purchased supplies (food, medications, etc.) from local suppliers or donors. Transport Drivers may also opt-in to purchasing certain supplies and being reimbursed by Wildlife Rescue, although this is not a requirement of the position
  • Call AECFV on Saturday mornings to check if there any patients that need to be transported to WRA
  • If no animals need to be transported, if interested you might be able to help when we have transports available from the Langley area that need to come to our Wildlife Hospital

Please note there is no animal handling expected of AECFV Transport Drivers.

Time Commitment

All Wildlife Rescue volunteers start with a minimum commitment of 100 hours. Most AECFV Transport Drivers have a set scheduled day per week that they do transports as well as have the option to be on-call with their availability should they want to do more transports. Two transports per month must be completed to remain active on the AECFV Transport Team.

Recognition & Benefits

We will discuss your specific motivations and learning objectives and keep those in mind throughout your engagement. You will have the opportunity to:

We will discuss your specific motivations and learning objectives and keep those in mind throughout your engagement. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Make a difference for wildlife
  • Contribute to the development and efficient running of our organization and its volunteers
  • Work as part of an emergency response team for injured or orphaned wildlife
  • Use and build upon your outreach, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Learn about the non-profit sector and the enormous value of volunteerism
  • Learn a lot about local wildlife and the impact we humans have on local species
  • Meet and work with a positive, values-driven team
  • Annual tax receipt for kilometres driven at the current rate specified by the Canada Revenue Agency

Upon successful completion of the minimum commitment and at the volunteer’s request, the Volunteer Program team will provide references.

AECFV Transport Drivers who have completed a minimum number of shifts are eligible to train in new roles, including:

  • Release Drivers (taking healthy patients back to nature)
  • Rescue Team Members (safely capturing animals in distress for transport to Wildlife Rescue)

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

It is WRA’s policy to provide equal opportunity for all qualified volunteers and applicants without regard to race, colour, religion or creed, gender, age, disability, national origin, language, political belief, criminal record, pregnancy, marital status or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodation will be made for persons with disabilities.

This policy applies to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, transfer, leaves of absence, and training. If you need individualised support in the application process or to conduct the volunteer role, you may contact us at volunteer@wildliferescue.ca.

How to Apply

Please fill out an application form and watch the Information Session video that is sent to you. More information can be found on our website at Wildlife Rescue Association of BC | Volunteering.

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About Wildlife Rescue Association of BC

Location:

5216 Glencarin Drive, Burnaby, BC V5B 3C1, CA

Mission Statement

To provide leadership in rehabilitating wildlife and in promoting the welfare of wild animals in the urban environment.

Description

Wildlife Rescue Association was established in 1979 to rehabilitate wildlife affected by human activity and provide education to the public on co-existing with urban wildlife. Before Wildlife Rescue was founded, there was no rehabilitation service for wildlife in Metro Vancouver and members of the public had nowhere to turn when they found an animal in distress. Thanks to the determination of a small band of volunteers, a small rehabilitation centre was established at the Nature House on the north side of Burnaby Lake.

Today, Wildlife Rescue runs its wildlife hospital on the south shore of Burnaby Lake where it treats animals from around the province of BC. Since 1979 we have treated more than 100,000 animals. Metro Vancouver is developing rapidly and animals living in the urban environment face many challenges such as busy roads, loss of habitat, pollution, pet predation, poisoning, unsecured garbage and direct human cruelty. With a team of professional wildlife rehabilitators and an army of volunteers we are able to provide temporary refuge to a diverse range of animals. We are not a wildlife sanctuary and once the animals in our care are healthy and ready to live in the wild, we release them back to their natural habitat.

Our public education and outreach includes a wildlife helpline, as well as presentations and displays throughout Greater Vancouver. 80% of our funds come through donations and without support from the public, local business and the wider community, none of the work we do would be possible.

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Animals

WHEN

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WHERE

5216 Glencarin DriveBurnaby, BC Canada

(49.24154,-122.95569)
 

SKILLS

  • Animal Care / Handling

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • All Wildlife Rescue volunteers start with a minimum commitment of 100 hours. Most AECFV Transport Drivers have a set scheduled day per week that they do transports as well as have the option to be on-call with their availability should they want to d

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